Throwing a last minute party can put a load of pressure on just one person. Thankfully, there are a lot of party hacks and great ideas to help you keep cool while you plan a great party, even with a limited amount of time. Here are some tips on how to throw a last minute party without going crazy!
- Use technology! Send out invites electronically. Whether it’s via email, instant messaging, or group conversations, it has never been easier to get the word out that you’re throwing a last minute party!
- Ask your guests to contribute to the booze menu. Encourage your guests to bring their favorite wine or bubbly. It’s a nice way to get to know their own tastes (and keep them in mind for next year’s Christmas gift-giving). It will not only add great variety of alcohol to your party, it will also let everyone be happy with the selection!
- Stick to the basics. No need to go overboard with the menu. Head to the local grocery or meat shop and get basic cold cuts such as turkey and chicken or sausages to pair with your wines and spirits. Likewise, get at most three types of cheese as to not overwhelm yourself of your guests. An even better idea is to purchase a pre-packaged assortments of cheeses and meats from local artisan shops. This way, you get to support your local neighborhood business too!
- Repurpose old decor. The great thing about Christmas and New Year’s Eve is that they’re close enough to have similarly colored decor. Remove the reds and greens and retain the golds and silvers to make a more welcoming New Year vibe to your home. Lastly, check out these supplies that you may already have in your own home and whip them out for a party to remember!
Party Supplies for an Awesome New Year’s Eve
1. Bed Bath & Beyond Gold Foil 73-Piece Party Supply Kit in Black
If you’ve decided to throw a New Year’s Eve party at the very last minute, you’ll find that these party supply kits are truly a lifesaver. It not only gives you more time to focus on food prep, it also cuts down on planning and presentation. These ultra chic gold foil party supplies come in a black and metallic gold foil stripes and polka dots for an elegant New Year’s Eve look. Set includes 8 black and gold foil striped 9″paper plates, 8 black and gold foil dot 7″ dessert plates, 16 black and gold foil striped napkins, 16 black and gold foil dot beverage napkins, 1 black paper tablecloth, 8 metallic gold forks, 8 metallic gold spoons, and 8 metallic gold knives. Shop at Bed Bath & Beyond.
2. Bed Bath & Beyond Gold Foil 73-Piece Party Supply Kit in White
Going for a white and gold theme instead? This party supplies kit also comes in gorgeous white and gold color scheme that’s very modern and chic. It’s so versatile that you can use it for New Year’s Eve parties and any gathering or celebrations. This set includes 8 white and gold foil striped 9″ paper plates, 8 white and gold foil dot 7″ dessert plates, 16 white and gold foil striped napkins, 6 white and gold foil dot beverage napkins, 1 white paper tablecloth, 8 metallic gold forks, 8 metallic gold spoons, and 8 metallic gold knives. Shop at Bed Bath & Beyond.
3. Mainstays Acrylic Gold Confetti Glitter Champagne Flute, Set of 4
A New Year’s Eve party won’t be complete without some champagne flutes. Each champagne flute in this set can hold up to 8 ounces of bubbly. It features a fun gold confetti glitter design that will go well with your New Year’s Eve party supplies. It is made from family friendly acrylic material that is BPA-free, lightweight and shatter-resistant, so you don’t have to worry about safety or broken glass. Shop at Walmart.
4. Hayes Marble and Wood Serving Board with Glass Dome
Add a touch of style to your New Year’s Eve party with this gorgeous marble and wood cheese serving board that comes with a glass dome. It features a sleek black marble that’s polished to showcase its true, natural color and warm acacia wood for cheese and charcuterie. Doubles as a great conversation starter in parties. Shop at Crate & Barrel.
5. Hayes Marble Cheese Tools, Set of 3
To complete the look of your cheese serving board, pair it with these tools that feature black marble and gold-finished blades. It includes knives with a smaller blade for soft cheese, a pointed blade for hard cheese, and a wedge blade for different types of cheese. Shop at Crate & Barrel.
6. Ynez Black Wire Wine Rack
For last minute New Year’s Eve parties, it’s best to encourage your friends and family to bring booze. You’ll want to showcase their diverse tastes with this charming black wire wine rack made of iron. It takes on a gorgeous sculptural form on any tabletop and is great as home decor as well. It is made of powder coated iron and can hold up to 9 wine bottles vertically, or even 10 horizontally. Shop at CB2.
7. Fenton Graphite and Wood Wine Cooler
Here’s a little something to match your cheese board. This wine cooler features a contemporary design with a sophisticated matte graphite finish and warm acacia wood base. It features a double-walled construction to keep wine cool while you entertain guests well into the New Year. Shop at Crate & Barrel.
8. Glowsol Manual Rabbit Wine Bottle Opener Plus Corkscrew Spiral and Foil Cutter in Bronze
Here’s a New Year’s Eve party staple that you must have in your home at all times. This ergonomically designed collection features a bottle opener, foil cutter, and corkscrew. It is easily operational and features high quality zinc alloy and stainless steel material. You’ll love to use it while entertaining guests or for basic home use. Shop at Walmart.
9. Cards Against Humanity Red Box
If you’re already a proud owner and a fan of Cards Against Humanity, you can get the Red Box, which contains updated cards that you can add to your collection. This awesome game is great for passing the time until midnight, when everyone is ready to countdown to 2019. The Red Box comes with 300 fresh cards to mix into the game, with 230 white and 70 black cards. Shop at Bed Bath & Beyond.
10. PlayMonster Nasty Things Game
Here’s a little something to pass the time before the big countdown. Let your guests and friends have fun with this adults-only game that lets participants answer any of more than 250 inappropriately hilarious topics and read out loud the answers. Participants will have to guess which of their crazy friends wrote down that answer! Best played with some booze! Shop at Bed Bath & Beyond.
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